MIDDLE EAST REGION: Immigration Updates from Kuwait and UAE

August 17, 2022


The Ministry of Interior in Kuwait has suspended the issuance of family and visit visas to expats until further notice. Only doctors and European nationals who apply for online visas are excluded from this decision. Those who have been already issued visas, however, can enter the country.

The Residency Department of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) in the State of Kuwait has announced the decision to cancel residency permits per article 18 of Kuwait Residence permit holder if they are staying outside Kuwait for more than six months. Anyone who has been out of the country for a period exceeding six months must return to the State of Kuwait before 31 October 2022 to avoid their residency being cancelled.

United Arab Emirates

Residents of the UAE can apply for Israel visas at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi. The centre accepts applications for tourism, business, student, conference, medical, relatives and family visit categories as of now.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.